Skip to comments.Pit Bull mauls Detroit infant to death on city's west side
Posted on 10/05/2012 1:56:10 AM PDT by equaviator
Police block traffic after dog mauls infant on Stahelin Street in west Detroit
DETROIT - A 3-week-old girl was mauled to death by a dog Thursday in west Detroit, police say.
The child was attacked by the dog in the 700 block of Stahelin Avenue near Tireman Street and the Southfield Freeway.
The baby girl was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital on the city's west side. Police escorted the EMS down 6 Mile Road, blocking traffic and hoping the baby could be saved.
Local 4 has learned the mother had brought the baby to a friend's house in the neighborhood. After being fed, the baby was set down in a car seat on the dining room floor. The dog, who was just fed scraps out the back door, somehow got into the house and attacked the baby while her mother had her back turned.
It mauled the infant's face.
Police are calling it a tragedy. They do not plan to have any charges filed.
The dog, a 2-year-old pit bull, will be euthanized after a rabies test.
Detroit police said the dog was not vicious toward the officers as it was being taken away. The family also claimed the dog was not vicious. They believe it smelled the baby formula on the infant's clothes.
However, neighbor Rose Hill said the dog is well-known in the neighborhood.
"When the puppy goes down there, we go down to get it. They have a pole in their hand to get in the backyard. If the dog is that vicious ... you shouldn't even have the dog, period," said Hill.
Seeing the bloody animal after the deadly attack was just too much for her.
"We see pit bulls everywhere now," she said. "You shouldn't have to be scared to come out of your house and see any kind of dog sitting up there. That's not right, at all."
No arrests have been made. Police have handed the case to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to see if any charges will be filed.
A beware of dog sign is on a driveway fence near the home where the attack took place.
Detroit police said the dog will be euthanized.
It’s Detroit.. no one learns anything there.
Is there anything unusual about the west side of Detroit, other than it is over-run with pit-bulls?
Sad dog ping
That’s not how the Obamadog program is supposed to work.
They probably gave the dog an old doll to play with... Then one day it sees a new ‘doll’...
I’ve sometimes seen old chewed-up dolls in dog pens and can only think how stupid some people are.
Did the dog, or the baby have an Obama-phone?
Most street thug owners of pit bulls don't really give a sh*t if their dogs attack people, other than the fear they might get in trouble for it. They're generally ruthless bastards.
“Its Detroit.. no one learns anything there.”
It’s Detroit so if it wasn’t the dog then it would be something else. :/
You should just see how many abandoned pit bulls there are at our local pet shelter. And then I have seen one there all bitten up having been usd as a bait dog. I hate and despise dog fighting. But certain people think it is tough to have these dogs and use them to make money fighting. Despicable
Prayers for the baby.
too late to pray for the baby, she’s gone. You should pray for redemption of the mother and or parents.
As a father of three, this breaks my heart.
Detroit is as known for wild dog packs as it is for crime. There are pit bulls everywhere there.
The dogs must be smarter because they leave their bling at home before they go out on the prowl.